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OK, so I'm looking to buy a Mac for video editing with programs like Final Cut Pro, music recording software, and a little bit of League of Legends every once in a while. I NEED it to be fast and able to run powerful programs! I'm trying to decide whether to buy a 15 inch core i5 MacBook Pro, a 2012 13 inch MacBook Pro (base model, when it comes out), a core i3 27 inch iMac, or a 21 inch core i5 iMac. Keep in mind, if I get a notebook/laptop, I will also get an external monitor and, whatever computer I buy, I will install an after market SSD, fully upgrade the RAM, and buy an external hard drive. Can you help me choose?

asked Sep 05 '11 at 14:31

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edited Dec 14 '11 at 15:17

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first of all u can never get the best bang for the buck with laptops or all-in-ones and especially macs.

Also if you are only spending 1.8 grand get a pc.

answered Sep 05 '11 at 15:17

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(im not ganna spend over 1800.00)

(Sep 05 '11 at 14:42) Youngmac Youngmac's gravatar image
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Get a more powerful PC for a lower price, and actually be able to play LoL because the Mac support is being shut down?

(Sep 05 '11 at 15:14) korin125 korin125's gravatar image

If you MUST get a MAC, just go to apple.com and build one. Let me tell you, though, as a music producer, you will find - unless you plan to use MAC-Only products - any major production software is going to be available on both Mac and Windows, or Windows Only. For flexibility, I recommend Windows machines. But, if you feel more comfortable using a Mac and you have a budget, get the best in hardware you can get.

Put your focus in CPU cores/speed (I'd recommend at least a Quad-core CPU 2.8hz or more.) Combine a great CPU with an SSD and a fair amount of RAM (I'd say no less than 4GB) you'll have a good machine.

answered Dec 14 '11 at 05:24

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The i5 iMac sounds like the best option. I'm fairly certain it will work alright as far as processing power goes. I have a Core 2 Duo iMac with 3GB of ram and I'm constantly running full 16+ track Pro Tools and Logic Pro sessions and plugins without any issues.

answered Dec 14 '11 at 07:48

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Except budget issues as compared to a Windows PC. it's a huge price difference for this guy.

(Dec 15 '11 at 02:20) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

True, but if does want to use Final Cut Pro, that happens to be a Mac only application.

(Jan 01 '12 at 17:42) MagicTrax MagicTrax's gravatar image

im sure the mac book air would be enough i was watching a soldierknowsbest video and he said he does video editing on his mac book air and it work just fine

answered Dec 15 '11 at 02:22

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Curently, i would get a mac mini with a 2.6 i7 (If oure gona upgrae the ram, buy a moniter and get a exteral cd drive, go with the econd mac mini there is. ( if yu nice, it has the same spes s some as the macbok pro's)

answered Dec 29 '12 at 21:49

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